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Help protect the endangered tara iti

Image: Jacob Ball, DOC

The critically endangered tara iti, New Zealand fairy tern is our most endangered bird with less than 40 birds left. 

We need your urgent help to advocate for protection measures, engage people to take action and stop sand mining where these birds nest and feed.

Donation plans

$30 per month


Educate members of public about areas that need protection and what they can do to help protect this endangered bird

$40 per month


Help draw attention to the issue of sand mining through coordination with community groups and media engagement

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$2000 one-off

Replica eggs

Support DOC to produce replica eggs which replace real eggs likely to be destroyed by storms, so real eggs can be safely incubated and hatched

Donation form

Your donation will help to:

  • Advocate for protection measures

  • Highlight issues and solutions

  • Educate and engage people to take action 

  • Support the conservation work of DOC, community groups and volunteers

  • Work with our coalition partners to stop sand mining in the Mangawhai Pakiri area, where these birds nest and feed

  • Stop sea bed mining and destructive fishing practices across Aotearoa.

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Sand mining, beach narrowing, weed invasion, predators and human disturbance is a major threat to these birds and we need your help to protect its habitat which has seen progressive degradation and loss of fish and marine life.

The Mangawhai harbour provides essential food and foraging areas for the tara iti, NZ Fairy Tern. There are juat nine breeding pairs in total and seven of these are in Mangawhai and nest on the dunes. This harbour is also home to 26 threatened and at-risk species of birds including the white heron, grey duck, New Zealand dotterel, osyter catchers and shags. As well as threatened bird species, the harbour is home to many different fish species and the whai / stingray which Mangawhai is named after. It is a biodiversity hotspot.

When you donate you help give our most vulnerable species a voice.

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